Gregory T. Alvarez
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Gregory T. Alvarez is a Principal in the Morristown, New Jersey office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice on employment litigation, including class and collective action cases, as well as employment law counseling. Mr. Alvarez is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and the Board Liaison to the firm’s Diversity Committee. Mr. Alvarez also has been involved with leading the firm’s efforts to embrace technology, in particular by enhancing the firm’s services through the use of internally developed apps and other technology initiatives.
Mr. Alvarez joined Jackson Lewis in 1994 and has since counseled employers on complying with the law and minimizing their risk of employment law claims. Mr. Alvarez is a member of the firm’s Disability Leave and Health Management Practice Group. Mr. Alvarez also counsels and provides training to employers on many other employment law issues, including reductions in force, responding to employee complaints, including complaints of harassment, and restrictive covenant/non-compete-related issues. In addition, Mr. Alvarez is a member of the firm’s Class Action Practice Group. He defends employers in federal and state court litigation and administrative charges, including many wage and hour class and collective actions and other multi-plaintiff litigations.
Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Mr. Alvarez was a Field Attorney for Region 22 of the National Labor Relations Board, investigating and prosecuting unfair labor practices and conducting representation elections and hearings.
Valerie E. Brown
Reed Smith LLP
Valerie E. Brown is an associate in Reed Smith LLP’s Labor & Employment Group. Her practice focuses on management-side representation in both employment litigation and traditional labor matters. Valerie works on employment discrimination matters and assists in representing employers on a wide variety of employment claims, including wage-and-hour litigation, wrongful discharge allegations, and actions under the Labor Management Relations Act.
She also works on traditional labor matters on behalf of private employers under the National Labor Relations Act, as well as public employers under state and local laws, including the Policemen and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act (Act 111), the Police Pension Fund Act (Act 600), and the Public Employee Relations Act (Act 195). Valerie provides guidance relating to employment practices, including anti-harassment policies, workplace investigations, employment applications, drug testing policies, and employee discipline. Prior to joining Reed Smith, Valerie worked for the State of Delaware, Office of Management and Budget in the Labor Relations and Employment Practices Section where she handled collective bargaining negotiations at a state-run healthcare facility, advised state agencies on employment practices, and represented the State in grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and discrimination claims.
Brian S. Cousin is leader of Dentons' legacy global Employment and Labor practice, with more than 425 lawyers, as well as the leader of the Firm's legacy Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and Benefits Litigation practice and a member of the Firm’s Commercial Litigation group. He focuses on employment litigation and counseling, ERISA and benefits litigation, commercial and financial litigation, executive contract negotiations and international arbitration.
Brian advises US and multinational companies and executives on all aspects of employment, labor and corporate compliance, including drafting and negotiating employment and separation agreements, corporate restructurings and reductions in force, corporate transactions, internal corporate investigations, handbooks and policy manuals, sexual harassment and other sensitivity training, protecting against employee raiding and theft of trade secrets and other confidential information, and compliance with all federal, state and local discrimination laws. Brian has extensive experience in class action and complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. He has successfully litigated just about every type of employment-related case possible, including cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and state leave laws, the Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine, state discrimination and retaliation statutes, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws.
Eric Dreiband is a Partner at Jones Day where he represents companies in all aspects of civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower, and wage and hour investigations, litigation, and counseling. Eric previously served as the general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He directed the federal government's litigation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other federal employment antidiscrimination laws. He also issued the Regional Attorneys' Manual, which established the policies of EEOC's litigation program.
Prior to his EEOC service, Eric served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division where he directed the federal government's enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other laws. From 1997 to 2000, Eric served in the United States Office of the Independent Counsel. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation awarded him a special commendation after he led the investigation and successful prosecution of a former associate attorney general of the United States. Eric has spoken and written extensively about civil rights and other employment laws, and he has testified about these subjects before committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Chambers USA lists him as one of the best labor and employment lawyers in Washington, and he is highly recognized by The Legal 500 US as well.
Epstein, Becker & Green, P.C.
Adam S. Forman is a member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, based in Detroit and Chicago. As noted in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA, Mr. Forman “is well known for his knowledge of equal opportunity matters and emerging employment issues including procedures surrounding the use of technology in the workplace.” He is a frequent writer and national lecturer on issues related to technology in the workplace, such as social media, Internet, and privacy issues facing employers.
Mr. Forman’s experience includes defending against wage and hour disputes and claims of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; representing management in labor arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and collective bargaining; regularly advising employers about issues and policies related to social media and the online conduct of employees; and training workforces on employment law topics, such as how to conduct a workplace investigation.
In 2016, Mr. Forman was elected to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers as a Fellow, the highest recognition by one's colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. Also in 2016, Mr. Forman was selected to serve on the Labor and Employment Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Max Garfield is Special Counsel in the New York office of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where his practice focuses on representing employers in all areas of employment law. He litigates disputes involving employment agreements, restrictive covenants, employment discrimination and harassment, contract claims, common law tort claims, executive compensation and ERISA claims in federal and state court, in arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Max also advises employers on day-to-day employment issues including hiring and terminating employees, drafts and advises on separation and other employment-related agreements, and conducts and leads trainings and investigations for clients. He also represents clients in connection with government investigations.
Max is listed in New York Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” for employment litigation: defense. He received his J.D. from Columbia Law School and his A.B., magna cum laude, from Brown University.
Thomas P. Gies
Crowell & Moring LLP
Thomas P. Gies is a founding member of Crowell & Moring's Labor & Employment Group. Tom's 30 plus years of experience in labor and employment law reflects the growth and diversity of issues facing compliance-focused employers. Tom has twice argued cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. The first involved a labor dispute growing out of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan (Jacksonville Bulk Terminals v. ILA, 457 U.S. 702 (1982); Allied Int'l v. ILA, 456 U.S. 212 (1982)). The second concerned the scope of ERISA's civil enforcement provisions. LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, 128 S. Ct. 1020 (2008).
Tom has handled labor union disputes at coal mines in Kentucky, chemical plants in Buffalo, textile mills in North Carolina, and at call centers in suburban Chicago and St. Louis. He has litigated employment law cases in courts throughout the country, including trying four cases to verdict. Tom has also argued 18 appeals in various federal appeals courts.
Tom has extensive experience in wage hour litigation. In October 2011, Tom led a trial team that obtained a defense verdict in an FLSA misclassification collective action case in federal court in Dallas, TX. Tom also led a team of C&M lawyers that obtained decertification of a nationwide collective action involving off-the-clock work in Zivalil v. AT&T Mobility. He also has experience in counseling and litigating disputes arising under employment agreements, including trade secret theft, and non-compete issues.
Tom chaired Crowell & Moring's Labor and Employment Group for 20 years. Before joining the firm in 1983, Tom practiced labor law with Seyfarth Shaw in Washington and Chicago.
Melissa J. Judd
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Melissa J. Judd is a Shareholder in Littler’s Houston office. She represents and counsels management clients in connection with a wide array of labor and employment matters arising under federal and state laws. She has represented employers in single-plaintiff and multi-plaintiff employment litigation matters across the state of Texas and has defended claims alleging race, national origin, religious, sex, age, and disability discrimination; workplace harassment; wrongful termination under Sabine Pilot case; retaliation, including worker’s compensation retaliation; alleged interference with rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and retaliation under the FMLA; and breach of contract and breach of covenants not-to-compete, not-to-disclose, and not-to-solicit. Melissa has also handled various state tort claims. In addition, she has successfully defended clients in arbitration and mediation.
Melissa has defended management in response to administrative charges filed before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state or local agencies throughout Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and other states. Melissa also provides advice to her clients regarding best employment practices and on various employment concerns to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with federal, state, or local laws, including properly addressing disciplinary problems; resolving wage-and-hour concerns; conducting effective investigations related to employee misconduct or allegations of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; engaging in the interactive process and assessing employee accommodation requests and identifying reasonable accommodations to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA); handling leave of absence requests; addressing transgender employee issues in the workplace; properly managing employee terminations and layoffs; and reviewing employers’ policies and procedures.
Silvia A. LeBlanc
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Silvia A. LeBlanc is the Director of Knowledge Management at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. She focuses on knowledge management and practice innovation, collaborating with team members across Morgan Lewis’s global network to ensure they take full advantage of the firm’s resources.
Silvia capitalizes on technology to leverage the advantages of Morgan Lewis by connecting lawyers who have experience in specific substantive, client, and jurisdictional matters. She manages quality control and legal process management roles and directs training programs for the Labor and Employment associates. Silvia strategizes with colleagues to create research protocols for labor and employment counseling projects and mentors lawyers on the efficient management of these projects under fixed-fee and other alternative fee arrangements.
To complement her role in knowledge management, Silvia counsels employers in day-to-day labor and employment law matters, often advising on policies that promote litigation avoidance. Silvia drafts employee handbooks and policies for clients that operate in more than one state or across the entire United States.
Stewart S. Manela
Arent Fox LLP
Stewart S. Manela is a Partner of Arent Fox LLP. His practice involves representing and advising employers on personnel decision making, planning employee terminations, and counseling employers regarding extraordinary employment actions such as mergers and acquisitions, reductions in force, plant closings, and union organizing. He has extensive experience with the employment laws and socio-economic programs that apply to companies that are involved in contracting with the federal government, and frequently advises government contractors. Mr. Manela is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is the former chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. He previously served on the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law as co-chair of the Trial Advocacy Competition Committee, chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee (ERR), and management co-chair of the Trial Advocacy Subcommittee, Ethics Subcommittee, and the Covenants-Not-To-Compete, and Employee Duty of Loyalty Subcommittee.
Alan J. Marcuis
Hunton & Williams LLP
Alan's practice focuses on representation of management in complex labor and employment law matters, including contract, trade secret and post-employment restrictive covenants, EEO litigation, collective bargaining, and labor relations. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the United States District Court: for the Northern District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, Western District of Texas and Northern District of Oklahoma.
At Hunton & Williams, Alan serves as co-head of the Unfair Competition & Information Task Force and Hiring Partner for the Texas offices. His experience includes extensive experience litigating trade secret and non-disclosure matters arising from employment and fiduciary relationships, including protection of intellectual property and other proprietary information as well as defense of businesses in state and federal courts and in arbitrations against employment claims, such as breach of contract, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge under state and federal EEO laws.
Alan is regularly engaged in transactional matters for publicly-traded and privately-held businesses to create employment and contractor agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and compensation plans. He negotiates executive employment and compensation agreements in a wide variety of industries, including financial, insurance, construction, technology, utilities, hospitality, and health care. He also counsels clients regularly on labor and employment issues fundamental to mergers and acquisitions.
Alan has substantial experience in traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining, negotiation and strategy, union avoidance and matters before the National Labor Relations Board.
Stephen B. Moldof
Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP
Stephen B. Moldof, an alumnus of Cornell University and Harvard Law School, is a senior partner at Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP in New York, where he has represented labor unions and employees for more than 40 years on a broad variety of domestic and international issues. He is a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has served as a Union/Employee member of the Council of the ABA’s Labor & Employment Law Section and as Co-Chair of the ABA L&EL Section’s Committees on International Labor Law and on Railway and Airline Labor Law, and is a member of the Executive Board of the Int’l. Society for Labor and Social Security Law.
Mark J. Neuberger
Foley & Lardner LLP
Mark J. Neuberger is of counsel and a litigation lawyer in the Miami office of Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice involves the representation of management in all areas of labor and employment law, including general labor and employment guidance to clients. He regularly represents clients in the health care, hospitality, manufacturing and not-for-profit industries. He is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice and also serves on Foley’s national Pro Bono Legal Services Committee.
Mr. Neuberger represents employers in employment litigation before administrative agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board, arbitration tribunals, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts. He has extensive experience in negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions. He also negotiates and drafts executive level employment agreements. He has litigated a wide variety of discrimination claims, whistleblower actions, wage payment and Fair Labor Standards Act cases. In addition, Mr. Neuberger drafts and litigates covenants not-to-compete and other employment related restrictions.
Robert R. Niccolini
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Rob Niccolini is co-chair of Ogletree’s Healthcare Practice Group. He represents management in employment litigation and labor disputes, with special experience in the health care, technology, insurance, manufacturing, government contracting, hospitality, and retail industries. His practice includes all facets of employment discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, ADA, FMLA, ERISA, covenants not to compete and employment torts, as well as labor arbitration, union campaigns and unfair labor practice proceedings. He also has extensive experience with class and collective actions.
Mr. Niccolini regularly provides employers with counseling and training on employment law issues, as well as drafting employment policies, handbooks and contracts. In addition to his labor and employment experience, he has also assisted clients extensively in commercial litigation disputes
Kristin S. Rozic
Proskauer Rose LLP
Kristin S. Rozic is the Knowledge Management Lawyer for Proskauer’s Labor and Employment Department. Formerly a senior associate with the group, Kristin utilizes her extensive employment litigation and counseling experience to develop, implement and maintain the knowledge management strategy and protocols for the Department. She provides legal and practical expertise to support the Department’s Practice Groups and works with them to create portals for practice-related knowledge content. She creates and implements procedures for capturing, storing, accessing and disseminating material and information, including models, forms, templates, prior work product and precedents. Kristin also supports the Department’s lawyers to ensure that all models, forms and templates are updated to reflect changes in applicable laws, regulations, market standards and best practices.
Fisher Phillips LLP
Scott Snipes is the Director of Research & Knowledge Management for Fisher Phillips LLP, a national law firm that focuses exclusively on labor and employment law for employers. Prior to joining Fisher & Phillips, he was a research librarian for fourteen years at Paul Hastings LLP. He is active in both national and local law library associations.
Andrew M. Szilagyi
Frantz Ward LLP
Andrew’s practice is divided into three primary components: employment litigation, labor relations, and employment counseling. With regard to employment litigation, Andrew represents management in all phases of the trial, appellate, and administrative processes. He has successfully defended employers in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, and various other employment-related claims before judicial and administrative bodies located across the country. Andrew frequently interacts with administrative agencies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and their state counterparts to defend clients in administrative charges and government investigations.
In terms of labor relations, Andrew represents employers in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and assists management with collective bargaining issues, union organizing campaigns, and various other labor relations matters. He also defends unionized employers in labor arbitration proceedings when union grievances are filed against them.
As for employment counseling, Andrew uses his expertise in labor and employment law to provide day-to-day counseling to employers as it relates to the management of their workforces. He regularly works with corporate legal counsel and human resources representatives to provide legal opinions and practical business advice. Through his practice, Andrew has gained an expertise in labor and employment matters specific to several different industries, including the construction, healthcare, higher education, retail, staffing, and transportation industries.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Julie Totten is the partner in charge of Orrick’s Sacramento Office. She is also the partner in charge of the Sacramento Employment Law and Litigation group. Julie, who has more than 20 years’ experience representing companies in high stakes litigation, is honored to be a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment and she also serves as a Council Member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Julie has achieved significant results for her clients and in 2014 she was recognized by Legal 500 as someone who "truly understands corporate politics and works with in-house counsel to understand the intersections of legal advice and business objectives."
Julie represents employers in complex cases, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions, EEO claims and claims involving breach of contract and wrongful termination. She has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and she assists clients in developing compensation policies and compliance measures designed to reduce potential exposure. Julie also counsels and trains clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including social media and employee privacy.
Linda D. Walton
Perkins Coie LLP
Linda D. Walton is a Partner in the Seattle office of Perkins Coie LLP. She is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Law National practice and former chair of the firm's Strategic Diversity Committee. In her practice, Ms. Walton defends both private sector and public sector employers in state and federal employment-related litigation matters. Through day-to-day counseling and the design and presentation of preventative law training programs for managers, supervisors and human resources personnel, Ms. Walton also devotes a significant part of her practice to advising employers on how to avoid employment litigation. Ms. Walton advises and trains clients on a wide range of employment law matters, including among others, wage-and-hour law compliance, FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and newly emerging employment law issues related to employee and employer use of social media. Ms. Walton is also often called upon to conduct sensitive workplace investigations on behalf of both private sector and public sector employers.
A frequent lecturer on the subject of employment law, Ms. Walton served for a number of years as an adjunct professor teaching Employment Discrimination Law at the Seattle University School of Law, and she has served on the faculty of both the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional Program, and the NITA Northwest Regional Deposition Program.
Charles H. Wilson
Charles H. Wilson is a member of Cozen O'Connor's Labor & Employment Department, and the Houston office’s Assistant Managing Partner. Mr. Wilson, who is board certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, represents employers in complex litigation and trials arising from claims of wage and hour violations, employee raiding, race discrimination, racial profiling, retaliation (including whistle blowing), harassment, and disability discrimination.
Mr. Wilson has represented employers in hundreds of administrative actions before the EEOC and state agencies. And, as a former in-house lawyer for a large hospitality company, Mr. Wilson is very effective in providing day-to-day employment law guidance to employers regarding reductions-in-force, harassment investigations, terminations and discipline, promotions, separation of high level employees, FMLA and ADA compliance, and traditional labor matters.
Mr. Wilson earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1993 and his law degree from Texas Southern University-Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 1996.
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